Tom Hiddleston is a person in love.  While the Essex Serpent actor, 41, is usually hush-hush about his fiancée Zawe Ashton,  

he gave an extraordinary remark about their relationship in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, published Tuesday.  

"I'm very happy," Hiddleston stated.  PEOPLE confirmed tin March that Hiddleston and Ashton, 37, were set to marry.

The engagement came three years after the two played husband and wife in the play Betrayal on Broadway,  

though they first met when the show became revving up in London before making the leap to New York City.

A source near to the production told PEOPLE in March that the mostly private couple always had "lovely" chemistry together.  

"And being Brits abroad, they would hang out frequently. Zawe and Tom showed great affection for each other,  

and you could also see that coming off slightly of their onstage performance," stated the source

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The insider added, "Tom has always been a very, very private person. Behind the scenes, they would just privately be affectionate and hugging and sitting next to each other and holding palms."  

The pair confirmed their dating in September 2021 when they made their red carpet debut as a couple on the Tony Awards, where he was nominated.

At the 2022 BAFTA Awards, Ashton sported her engagement ring while holding hands with the Loki actor on the red carpet. 

Tom Hiddleston Is Engaged To Zawe Ashton: ‘I’m Very Joyful’